Ransomware is one of the most sophisticated and dreadful cyberthreats facing all organizations today. A staggering, 56% of organizations have faced a ransomware attack at some time.
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is essential to protecting against data theft.
Multi-factor authentication, also known as two-factor authentication, allows you to use another feature such as a security code sent to a mobile device, a pin number or a fingerprint in addition to the username and password. A thief may steal usernames and passwords but cannot access accounts without the additional multifactor feature.
Client information stolen is used to create fraudulent tax returns, wire transfers and other attacks that are difficult to detect because the identity thief is using real financial data, email and password information.
Use Multi-factor authentication features anywhere it is offered, such as commercial email products Microsoft products and software products you use.
Multi-factor authentication is just one of several security steps you should use to protect sensitive data. We suggest a layer approach to gain cyber security.
OTHER SECURITY STEPS INCLUDE:
• Using anti-virus software and set it for automatic updates. Anti-virus software scans existing files and drives on computers - and mobile phones – to protect from malware.
• Using a firewall to shield digital devices from external attacks.
• Using backup software/services to protect data. Making a copy of files can be crucial, especially if the user becomes a victim of a ransomware attack.
• Using drive encryption to secure computer locations where sensitive files are stored. Encryption makes data on the files unreadable to unauthorized users.
• Creating and securing Virtual Private Networks. A VPN provides a secure, encrypted tunnel to transmit data between a remote user via the Internet and the company network. Search for "Best VPNs" to find a legitimate vendor; major technology sites often provide lists of top services.
A breach is no longer a matter of IF but WHEN!
If you would like more information on how to set-up your company with this security feature please reach out and give us a call. 407-331-5921, we are here to help!